A very interesting news story on where all that plastic ends up – in the stomachs of albatross chicks living in the middle of no where – the Papahanaumokuakea reserve. Remote Waters Offer No Refuge from Plastic TrashNPR – USA“In the last 10 years, we’ve taken almost 550 tons out of the Northwestern Hawaiian islands,” … Continue reading Plastics Choking Albatrosses
From Gerard Wynn and Alister Doyle at the Environmental News Network: Polar Bear endangered status “likely” “An accelerating melt of Arctic sea ice is likely to make the polar bear officially ‘endangered’ in the very near future, the head of a global wildlife conservation network said on Wednesday.”
Time to stop using those plastic water bottles and plastic bags folks… a positive action you can take to save the oceans! Our oceans are turning into plastic…are we? By Susan Casey, Photographs by Gregg SegalOct 7, 2007 – 11:45:03 PM A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of … Continue reading Texas Sized Garbage Patch in the Pacific!
How cool, once scientists new where to look they found kelp forests in the tropics – one in the deep waters surrounding the Galapagos. From Science Online… As the researchers report online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, their model was correct: They found a kelp forest. “I dropped down … Continue reading Kelp Forests in the Galapagos
A great article from today’s New York Times: The Arctic ice cap shrank so much this summer that waves briefly lapped along two long-imagined Arctic shipping routes, the Northwest Passage over Canada and the Northern Sea Route over Russia. Over all, the floating ice dwindled to an extent unparalleled in a century or more, by … Continue reading Arctic Melt Unnerves the Experts
Halifax, Canada – Decisions made at a meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization will help cod recover and protect vulnerable cold-water corals off the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador. Read more here: http://www.enn.com/animals/article/23558.
Show your continued commitment to promoting healthy oceans by making sustainable seafood choices. Know where your fish comes from, and support fisheries that don’t harm the environment. Make sure you have the most up to date Seafood Watch card for your area from the Monterey Bay Aquarium: http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp Also check out this sustainable seafood blog … Continue reading October is National Seafood Month!
The $400-billion global seafood industry has no choice but to adapt to intensifying demand from retailers and consumers for environmentally friendly ‘greener’ fish that are not taken from overexploited stocks, farmed in ponds where mangroves once stood or caught in nets that also snag endangered turtles, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization … Continue reading Global seafood industry must adapt to demand for 'greener' fish, UN official says
The decades-long decline of the bluefin tuna has reached a stop-the-presses moment: The European Union has ordered its member nations to stop reeling them in for the rest of the year. That may seem like a positive step toward saving the species, but it comes because the union’s fishing fleets have already caught their quota … Continue reading Ready for Life Without Bluefin Tuna?
From the Marine Fish Conservation Network:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 24, 2007 WASHINGTON – September 24 – A plan to put substantially more fishing observers under direct industry control precludes independent monitoring and saps protections for shrinking fish populations, endangered sea turtles and marine mammals, according to comments filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). … Continue reading NOAA Shifting to Industry Control Over Fishing Observers Death Knell for Independent Monitoring of Marine Mammal and Over-Fishing